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Master of Public Health/Health Systems Policy and Management track

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This course is targeted at those who aspire to management positions in the public health.

The Master of Public Health/International Course in Health Development (MPH/ICHD) is an annual 12-month MPH programme organized by the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).

Participants can choose from the following study tracks:

  • Health Systems Policy & Management track
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health track

The MPH is accredited by the Netherlands-Flemish Accreditation Organization (NVAO).

Public health and health care in a changing environment

Health systems in low- and middle-income countries face a wide range of challenges:

  • inequities in health and health care
  • the overwhelming problems posed by the HIV pandemic
  • health sector reforms
  • epidemiological and demographic transitions with their double burden of disease
  • new partnerships between donors and other institutions
  • the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and what lies beyond 2015
  • focus on quality of services and evidence-based public health

Providing an effective response to these issues requires well-trained professionals able to solve complex public health problems systematically and using a multi-sectoral approach.

MPH/ICHD participants have the option choosing between two tracks:

  • MPH Health Systems Policy & Management track
  • MPH Sexual and Reproductive Health track

The MPH is designed to develop the capacity of senior health managers to use an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to address health problems in their country. At the end of the programme, the public health manager should be able to:

  • critically analyse the health status of a population and identify health needs
  • appraise the role of health systems in terms of fundamental goals, functions, actors and performance
  • identify priorities and influence effective policy-making and strategic planning concerning interventions aiming at improving public health, taking into account scientific evidence and best practice
  • implement and monitor health interventions by managing human, financial and logistic resources
  • work professionally across different sectors, disciplines and institutional levels with public and private actors, and through advocacy, communication and networking
  • identify research needs, commission research, and critically analyse and use research results
  • incorporate a pro-poor and equity approach in all actions
  • continuously examine and critically reflect on own practice and values and adjust them accordingly

Fee information

Course fee: € 18620 (This fee covers the course fee and study material. It does not include any other costs incurred like travel costs, insurance, visa, accommodation, daily expenses and others)

How to Register

For more information and to apply in our online application system visit:

There are scholarships available for this course from the Orange Knowledge Fund (OKP) former NFP. These are available for health professionals from 37 eligible countries.
Apply first to KIT for academic admission: by 24 February 2022 (at the latest, but preferably autumn 2021 to give enough time for processing)
Application deadline for OKP scholarship: March 2022.

Summary practical information:

Course dates: from 12-09-2022 to 01-09-2023 Duration: 1 year
OKP scholarship application deadline: March 2022
KIT Application deadline other funding: 01-july -2022
EC: 60
Location: KIT, Amsterdam
Language: English
Course fee 2022: € 18620 (This fee covers the course fee and study material. It does not include any other costs incurred like travel costs, insurance, visa, accommodation, daily expenses and others)